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A Tribute To JAMES TAYLOR and SIMON & GARFUNKEL

featuring DOUG COLLINS, BEN COOK-FELTZ, M. FRENCH, DAN ISRAEL, ZACHARY SCOT JOHNSON, LAKEWOOD CEMETERY, MARE LENNON, MOTHER BANJO, COLLEEN SOMERVILLE, KATY VERNON, NICOLE WILDER (Maple & Beech), SCOTT WOOLDRIDGE, and more

Sunday, February 09
Show | 7:30pm // Doors | 7pm
$10 ADV | $12 DOS
21+ SHOW

A Tribute to James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel

Celebrating 50th Anniversaries of:
Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water
and James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James

featuring DOUG COLLINS, BEN COOK-FELTZ, M. FRENCH, DAN ISRAEL, ZACHARY SCOT JOHNSON, LAKEWOOD CEMETERY, MARE LENNON, MOTHER BANJO, COLLEEN SOMERVILLE, KATY VERNON, NICOLE WILDER (Maple & Beech), SCOTT WOOLDRIDGE, and more

Called "one of the most brilliant songwriters to emerge from the Twin Cities in nearly two decades" by southernminn.com, Doug Collins' hooky mix of Beatle-esque pop and classic country are highlighted in his energetic shows (both solo and with his crack band, the Receptionists), soulful singing, and honest, emotional songs. His last two CDs were voted "Best of the Year" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and his most recent, Good Sad News, was was voted #3 best American release in Spain by Ruta66 Magazine.

Iowa-raised, Minneapolis-based Ben Cook-Feltz is a singer, songwriter, drummer and self-taught pianist. Combining observational, sometimes quirky lyrics with melodies that hearken back to the classic sounds of the '60s and '70s, he has been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest as a dynamic performer, whether playing solo, with his crackerjack band, or backing up some of the finest regional talent. His most recent record, BCF, was released in September 2018.

Singer-songwriter M FRENCH has quickly become a regular on the burgeoning Twin Cities Americana music scene. Known for his positive and uplifting live shows, French's melodies transport and his lyrics tell a story. Our story. A human story. Raised in small town Ohio and now residing in Minneapolis, French released his EP Winding Road in 2016. Building on the success of Winding Road, French's debut full length album, Sweet Love, is out now.

"If you don't wanna be with me, you don't gotta be with me," Twin Citian Dan Israel sings plaintively on his new release Dan, his 13th studio album of original material. It's the sound of someone finally letting go, after years of holding on to a hope that is quite simply never going to materialize. It's the sound of acceptance, and it's not all "hang-your-head" stuff either - there is liberation here, despite the tears.

Singer-songwriter Zachary Scot Johnson captivates listeners with the lush emotional landscape of his acoustic fusion music. He blends blues and folk, alt-country and pop, and rock-n-roll, creating his signature sound, a distinctive musical flavor unlike any other. Yet it is absolutely accessible and connects with the heartstrings we all have inside us, waiting to be touched. But there's nothing cloying or artificial here, only genuine emotions, real impact, heart-on-sleeve emotional honesty, all driven by remarkable talent.

Lakewood Cemetery is an indie folk duo comprised of Minneapolis locals Dan Krzykowski and Katrina Schleisman. Their original songs span from country to bluegrass to folk to rock. Katrina's thoughtful, poetic lyrics are marched by Dan's intricate guitar work and arrangement. Their live performances feature both, along with the intricate vocal harmony that initially brought them together. Chosen as semi-finalists for the Star Tribune's "Are You Local?" 2016 best new band contest.

A native of the Twin Cities, Mare Lennon grew up surrounded by music. Taking the varied influences of jazz, folk and rock, she has created original songs that embody imagination and heart. Lennon also performs crowd pleasers from diverse artists including The Eagles, Judy Garland, David Gray and Patsy Cline. Whether backed a band or playing solo acoustic guitar, this smooth alto delivers an intimate yet powerful performance.

Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio and CMT.com.

Following up on the success of her CDs Stray Songs and The Sad and Found (named the #10 album of the year by the St. Paul Pioneer Press), she released her highly anticipated new album The Devil Hasn’t Won on her own label So Low Recordings. An Americana gospel collection produced by Steve Kaul (The Brass Kings), it showcases her all-star 5-piece band that includes guitarist Dan Gaarder (Trailer Trash, The Roe Family Singers), bassist Eric Paulson (The Roe Family Singers, Jennifer Markey & The Tennessee Snowpants), mandolin player Jim Parker (Ukrainian Village Band, Town Hall Stompers) and pianist/drummer Ben Cook-Feltz (The Federales, Art Vandalay). Featuring lively originals and unique covers of songs that she calls “pub gospel,” the new album shows why Mother Banjo has been hailed for her poetic songwriting and powerful vocals, winning the praise of such artists as Josh Ritter and John Gorka.

Actor, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Katy was born and raised in London, UK but in the past dozen or so years has established herself as one of the busiest musicians in Minnesota. Combining melodic pop/folk songwriting with her twangy Americana band. She has appeared at Festivals in the Midwest and UK, such as the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, Taste Of Minnesota, Stars of the North, Big Turn Fest, and Hazelfest. Her newest record, Suit Of hearts(2019), was just named as a top ten record of the year by the Star Tribune. She has just returned from her third UK tour.

Nicole Wilder has been singing ever since she learned all the words to Born to Be Wild at three years old. She has been singing professionally for over a decade, and has two equally soft spots in her heart for all things Motown and for Angry Girl Rockers. In addition to all the singing, Nicole is a professional theatre nerd, earning an MA in Theatre in 2008. She has played the role of actor, director, playwright, and producer on stages across the Twin Cities and beyond. She also plays the tambourine sometimes.

Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter. Founding member of the Wooldridge Brothers, a Milwaukee-based act whose latest album is Days Went Around.